REAL ESTATE

McAlister’s Deli to expand franchises in five states

BY Dan Berthiaume

Alpharetta, Ga. – McAlister’s Deli has signed an agreement with existing franchise group Southern Deli Holdings LLC to open 10 additional locations throughout North and South Carolina, Colorado and Wyoming, with three locations slated to open in late 2014. In addition, the franchise group recently acquired seven existing locations in St. Louis.

The new development commitments will result in two new restaurants per year during the next five years.

Southern Deli Holdings, LLC currently operates 47 locations in North and South Carolina, Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming. The group has a development plan in place for continued growth throughout all five states, and will be operating 50 locations by year-end with the opening of its Charlotte and Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Florence, South Carolina, restaurants.

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OPERATIONS

Haggar hires Toms Shoes exec as chief digital officer

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – Haggar Clothing Co. has hired Eve Richey as chief digital officer, effective Sept. 15. Richey, formerly VP of global digital marketing for Toms Shoes, will be responsible for creating a seamless approach to the consumer experience across a variety of shopping channels.

Richey will report directly to Michael Stitt, CEO of Haggar Clothing Co. She brings more than 14 years of experience developing and executing digital omnichannel strategies and implementing e-commerce solutions for brands such as Toms Shoes and Dell.

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MARKETING/SOCIAL MEDIA

Shopzilla changes name to Connexity

BY Staff Writer

New York — Shopzilla has changed its name to Connexity to highlight its recent transformation from comparison shopping to technology driven marketing solutions.

According to the company, its new solutions enable retailers and brands to understand their consumers better, acquire new customers at a lower cost and increase sales based on retail signals that it provides.

“We’ve always been a technology and data analytics company, and while we have been best known for our comparison shopping websites, they were just the tip of the iceberg. We have now completed our integrated suite of marketing capabilities for retailers and brands. We changed the company name to recognize the shift in the business to our Search, Display Media, and Bizrate Insights services,” says Bill Glass, CEO of Connexity.

Glass added that the company plans to continue operating its consumer sites, which connect shoppers to products, brands and stores.

The company recently launched audience-based display targeting to help marketers build awareness and consideration for their products, and now is launching display retargeting to close the loop with consumers who abandon the purchase process. Bizrate Insights, by helping retailers understand their customers’ needs and improve their online reputation, gives them the data they need to improve the entire path to purchase, increasing conversions and loyalty, according to the company.

Connexity is also expanding its CPC product listings marketplace, which reaches more than 30 million shoppers with 150 million product listings on sites like Bizrate and Shopzilla, as well as syndication on Connexity’s publisher network that includes more than 3,000 partners.

Bizrate Insights’ omnichannel buyer and abandonment surveys offer information to more than 5,000 retailers about the consumer experience on their site and their competitors’ sites. More than 26 million Bizrate surveys are submitted annually worldwide and overall ratings are syndicated to sites like Google and Bing to promote retailer reputations.

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